RE: Multiple locations of exchange

  • From: "Chris Williams" <chrisw@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2004 20:30:45 -0800

Mike, mailboxes can only reside in one location.  If you are worried
about redundancy, be vigilant about your backups and store the backups
in remote locations. Then have spare hardware waiting around in case of
a hardware failure.  SANs are also nice, because you can make snap
backups and perform very fast restores, but expensive.


Your next question was on public folders, and actually public folders
can be available on separate servers, even in separate routing groups,
for redundancy.  But your question about storing the data on a file
server doesn't make sense.  Exchange is a database.  It's where you
store data.  You can't make a link between Exchange data and some random
data on a file share (without writing an app to do it) any more than you
can link between SQL data and a file share.




From: Mike French [mailto:mikef@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2004 7:09 PM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] Multiple locations of exchange

Here is a question from a client of mine:


Exchange 2003 Enterprise on Windows 2000 Server. Point to point T-1's
between the two sites in question.


If I have Exchange server A in Dallas, and Exchange server B in Montana,
user mailboxes would normally reside on only one server, correct? If I
lost server A to a flood, it's users are SOL, correct? Can server A's
mailboxes be replicated on server B to avoid that situation, or would
that be considered setting up a cluster. I guess I'm trying to
accomplish mailboxes in two locations for redundancy. Any thoughts?


How about this one?


If I create a public folder for a project, so that all users can store
their correspondence in that folder for collaboration, can I keep the
'data' for that project on a file server and somehow 'link' the two? I'd
rather not store GB's of data in an Exchange store. Is this a crazy


Can the list help be answer this one???



Mike French

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